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Install a Smoke System

Install a Smoke System

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade […]
5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s […]
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A Metal Finish Made Easy

A Metal Finish Made Easy

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang,” from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it […]
Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

We never met a workshop tip we didn’t like! Here are a few helpful tricks from the archives. If you have a tip you’d like to share, add it in the comments!   BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos […]
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Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood to make 3-panel windshields for open cockpit airplanes. The airplane I am using is a loaner Stearman PT-17 I got from Nick Ziroli Jr., and I wanted to spruce it up a little for him. Let’s get started. (Above) Here is the old wornout clear plastic […]
Installing Strong Hinges — Improved Fun Fly Control Response

Installing Strong Hinges — Improved Fun Fly Control Response

One thing I learned over the years is that the response of your airplane relies a lot on the hinges you install. Weak hinges allow your control surfaces to flex minimizing control crispness. This is especially true with high performance and fun fly airplanes. When it comes to installing hinges, I use Du-Bro Products’ pinned […]
Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch

Functional Scale Cockpit Hatch

When it comes to RC Golden Age racers, no one does  flying models better than the world recognized  guru of scale Gee Bees – Henry Haffke. When I teamed up with Henry to build the 1/3-scale version of his Howard DGA-5 “Ike” Golden Age racer, I added several  details that a racer this size needed to look right. One […]
RC Workshop Secrets —  Scale Aircraft Rivets & Screws Video

RC Workshop Secrets — Scale Aircraft Rivets & Screws Video

UK master modeler Phil Noel knows aircraft rivets and screws. After retiring from the full-size aviation industry, his company Pinnacle Aviation custom-builds composite model kits as well as offering painting, weathering and repair service. In this video, he shows how he creates rivets on and applies scale screws to a Comp-ARF Spitfire and a Jet Legends L-39 Albatross.  Thanks to Pete and Dean Coxon for filming […]
4 Simple Shop Tips

4 Simple Shop Tips

Simple tricks are the best, don’t you think? These tips may not change your life, but they will make your time in the shop easier and more enjoyable. Send your tip to MAN@airage.com.   SMOOTH THAT OLD IRON Have you ever noticed the slick surface on a new covering iron after you first pull it […]
Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

Shop Tip: Balancing your Propeller

When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step […]
Top Gun Video Interview from Warbird Alley

Top Gun Video Interview from Warbird Alley

Without a doubt, the most popular tent this year at Top Gun belonged to P.J. Ash. P.J. is the motivator behind the Warbird Alley gang, and Warbird Alley is the watering hole at the Top Gun flightline! It’s also where the MAN crew set up our home base! This year, P.J. had three huge tents to house all the models […]
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